Peak(s):  Mt. of the Holy Cross  -  14,005 feet
Date Posted:  07/05/2008
Date Climbed:   07/02/2008
Author:  Andy P

 Cross Couloir  

I've been waiting forever to do the Cross and finally everything fell into place. We set off to backpack and set up base camp somewhere past Lake Patricia and short of the Bowl of Tears for an early ascent of the Cross the following day.

It took about two hours to get to East Cross Creek. There were a few snowfields to cross along the way. The views of the peaks were spectacular and the trail was not very crowded. Once at East Cross Creek we followed some directions off Roach and Dawson and summitpost. It took some trial and error but we were able to find a faint trail to take us up the drainage. After about an hour we reached the last little area with trees and set up camp. We figured we were less than 1/2 a mile from the Bowl of Tears. 1

Woke up to clear skies at 0430 and hit the trail by 0450. Made it to the Bowl of Tears and the start of the climb by 0530. Routefinding was obvious up some snowy patches to the entrance of the couloir. Hit the entrance of the couloir at 0600 and had a glorious climb up the cross. Snow was perfect. Summitted at 0740.

We scouted our possible descents and decide to do a direct descent of the Teardrop to the drainage above the Bowl of Tears. We hiked down the South Ridge from the summit. Scrambled down some rock to get below the cornices and had an excellent glissade down the Teardrop. Hiked back to camp. Bowl of Tears was frozen solid and made for a good route. We were back at camp by 1000.

Hiked out from camp after a short rest.

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